Words About Music

Read some samples of my music writing from way back when.

I started writing about music professionally back in 1993, when I took a job as the music editor for a small Portland arts & politics biweekly called PDXS. I wound up doing that for over five years, learning a lot about music and writing along the way.

After PDXS folded, I kept doing freelance music writing for The Seattle Weekly and Portland’s Willamette Week for a few years, but I haven’t done any music writing since 2004 or so.

The bulk of my music writing was short blurbs about upcoming shows, since, not surprisingly, that work is easier to come by. I have, however, done plenty of record reviews, articles, and interviews. Also, while I was music editor for PDXS, I wrote and edited whatever was needed to fill out the music section, as well as laying it all out!

Anyway, here are some samples from 2002 (Note that these pieces are my final drafts, not the edited versions that appeared in print.)

Meat Beat Manifesto - RUOK? - :\run recordings

(First appeared in the Willamette Week, December, 2002)


Tigerbeat 6 Paws Across America Tour: Cex, Numbers, Stars As Eyes

First appeared in the Willamette Week, December, 2002


Electric Birds, Module, CNSE (Chop Suey)

First appeared in the Seattle Weekly, December, 2002


Ursula 1000 (Baltic Room)

First appeared in the Seattle Weekly, November, 2002


Chessie, Signer, Neinvolt, Nudge (Blackbird)

First appeared in the Willamette Week, October, 2002


Amon Tobin - Out From Out Where - Ninja Tune Records

First appeared in the Willamette Week, October, 2002


Amon Tobin: More Musical Mayhem From the Jazzy Jungle King

Written for Seattle Weekly but spiked, October, 2002


Chris Cutler & Thomas Dimuzio, Super Unity Trio (Blackbird)

First appeared in the Willamette Week, October, 2002


Squarepusher - Do You Know Squarepusher - Warp Records

First appeared in the Willamette Week, October, 2002


Beck - Sea Change - Geffen/Interscope Records

First appeared on Buzz24.com, October, 2002


KMH (Polestar Music Gallery)

First appeared in the Seattle Weekly, October, 2002


NWEAMO 2002: The 4th Annual International Portland/San Diego Electro-Acoustic Festival

First appeared in the Willamette Week, October, 2002


IsDiff Records: IDM Takes PDX

First appeared in the Willamette Week, September, 2002


Grandmaster Flash, DJ Jam, Livio (Showbox)

First appeared in the Seattle Weekly, August, 2002


Cornelius: Breaking New Ground in Hybrid Japanopop

First appeared in the Willamette Week, August, 2002


Múm: Icelandic IDM Outfit Conjures the Ghosts of Youth

First appeared in the Seattle Weekly, August, 2002


Steroid Maximus - Ectopia - Ipecac Records

First appeared in the Seattle Weekly, August, 2002


Signaldrift, Wang Inc., Nudge, Wobblyhead DJ’s (Blackbird)

First appeared in the Willamette Week, July, 2002


Puffy Ami Yumi: Japanese Pop Sensations Invade US

First appeared in the Willamette Week, July, 2002


Richie Hawtin, Wesley Holmes, Dave Zam (Showbox)

First appeared in the Seattle Weekly, June, 2002



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